Not quite the same but as close as two days can be to each other, the only real difference being a different set of winners, the Italian Maxi Idea taking overall honours.
The second day of the Giraglia Rolex Cup started just before noon in St Tropez yesterday, with the fleet sailing the same 17-mile course as yesterday. From a committee boat start in front of St Maxime, the fleet sailed upwind to the weather mark to the South East of the Gulf of St Tropez, before fetching across the mouth of the Gulf to a turn mark in front of Les Issambres, before the final stretch to the finish in front of the port. Depending on the size of the boat each leg yielded different points of sail for different boats on account of the constantly changing wind conditions.
At the start the stronger winds on the left of the course left much of the fleet with the dilemma of whether to go against the norm in the Gulf of St Tropez, something which usually dictates that the right of the course is the side to take. Most of the fleet opted for the right initially but it was six miles into the race approaching the top mark that a big left shift came through. Neville CRICHTON'S Alfa Romeo was the only boat to exploit the opportunity amongst the Class Zero Maxis significantly increasing an already big lead on the water in the process. The New Zealand boat continued to stretch out ahead, finally finishing nine minutes ahead of the Slovenian boat Magic Jena. This latter boat was one of six boats, including yesterday's winner Enigma, that were premature starters and were disqualified.
But it was the Italian yacht Piereluigi Lora PIANA'S Idea that made the most of the conditions, powering out from a perfect start into a commanding position that allowed this talented crew to control its closest rivals and win on corrected time in Class Zero and overall. This comes on top of a second place yesterday. Class One saw X-Sport, Stefano SPANGARO'S Grand Soleil 56R, win for the second day in a row.
After the big boats had finished the wind dropped away completely leaving the bulk of the fleet drifting to the finish line with light spinnakers, through gaping holes of wind, before the breeze finally filled in from the opposite direction at 12 knots.
Class Two saw the impressive IMX 40 One Design fleet lose out to a Grand Soleil 40R, Italo BORRINI'S Despeinada. Class Three saw the C&C 37 Malf Amato beat a whole quiver of Beneteau First 36.7, whereas in Class Four the same three boats finished on the podium as yesterday, but in a different order, honours today going to Camillo CAPAOZZI'S Ala Bianca.
Full Results are available on the event website at the address below.